Dr. Robert A. Selig, Ph.D. - Of Skull, Severed Heads and Skeletons: Battlefield Clean-up during the American War of Independence
Battlefield clean-up is a topic rarely covered yet following almost any military engagement, there are corpses to dispose of.
Who does that? Can we tell who buried whom? When? Hours, days, months later? Where? In graves? Crevices? Lakes? Naked or dressed? Officers and other ranks together? Do they remain in the ground? Are they ever found? Who would dig
them up and why? Can we identify them? What happens with the skeletons? This talk will address these and related questions.
Dr. Selig is a historical consultant who received his Ph.D. in history from the Universität Würzburg in Germany in 1988. He is a specialist on the role of French forces under the comte de Rochambeau during the American Revolutionary War and currently serves as project historian to the National Park Service for the Washington-Rochambeau
Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Project.
As part of this project he has researched and written historical and architectural site surveys and resource inventories on the W3R for thirteen of the fourteen states along the route and is currently working on the report for the State of New Hampshire. He has also served as Project Historian for numerous ABPP projects such as the Battles of Princeton, Green Spring, Spencer's Ordinary, Red Bank, Bennington, Hubbardton and Paoli.
In 2011, the French government honored his research and publications on the contributions of France to, and her role in, the American War of Independence by making him a Chevalier de l’ordre des palmes académiques.
The lecture takes place in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ. Please join us for refreshments at the conclusion.